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Yisehaq Teklay

Eritrean Institute of Technology

Civil Engineering

Handbags, Belts, Footwear

I am Yisehaq Teklay Habtemaryam. I was born in 22th May, 1999 in Asmara, Eritrea. I am a civil engineer, and also an artist. I remember when i was 5 years old I used to draw and paint. By the time when I was 12 years old i joined to Satreb Art Institute, I have learned there more than 3 years. And I gained a lot of knowledge, skill and experience in different field of art. The last 2 years i started leather works especially bags at Mieras Handicrafts with my cousin Ms. Yonatan Tesfay founder, manager and lead designer of that team and found it interesting and we had an exhibition at The gallery Asmara, Eritrea. And i got the opportunity to participate in Training of Trainers on Foot wear and leather goods, Manufacturing and craftsmanship, Costing and Pricing, Export readiness, Transformative entrepreneurship, and Record keeping conducted by ALLPI from 19th July -1st August, 2023 Asmara, Eritrea. Finally I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to ALLPI for sharing their knowledge and experience and i really get benefited from that training.

The Butterfly Bag

Category: Accessories


THE BUTTERFLY BAG Autumn cannot fully be enjoyed in the tropical areas without flowers, and the beauty of autumn flowers cannot be complete without the scene of butterflies all over the lush autumn fields. As it stands though, this description is, at least in Eritrea, fast becoming a ‘used to be’ rather than ‘is’. My childhood memory is filled with the special things that each season brings with it: for autumn it was flowers, bees and butterflies. But not anymore. We Africans, blessed with beautiful landscapes, know that first it was bees who slowly gave way to the wave of pesticides and other chemicals irresponsibly spilled over our fields to earn excessive commercial profits and then it became the turn of butterflies to give way. Add to this the effect of climate change which is negatively affecting the breeding cycle of bees and butterflies. My children will be unlucky as they will not likely see the compete beauty of autumn when thousands of butterflies, with different and beautiful wing colours descend to adorn the flowers in the fields and home compounds. These days I very rarely see butterflies; if at all, I can only enjoy them in social media posts, in documentary films or as kept inside glassed boxes. I cannot touch them at all as I used to. It is sad that butterflies have fast become a thing of the past. I miss you, we all miss you oh butterfly! I have, therefore, designed The Butterfly Bag not only for the purpose of taking my memory back to those lovely autumn days of my childhood where my friends and I used to spend hours capturing butterflies, but also for the purpose of communicating our sadness as these spectacularly beautiful creatures have become easy preys to commercial greed and environmental disaster. Let this bag be a reminder of our responsibilities to the environment. The bag is intended to be used for ‘high’ events where the carrier of the bag wants to communicate her class; it is a butterfly above all.

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